Grateful Dead Live at Robertson Gym, UC Santa Barbara on 1977-02-27
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Sony ECM-280> Sony TC-153SD ACM> R>DAT> CDR taped by Dr. Rob Bertrando; via Raoul Duke; Seeded to etree by Matt Vernon; Note- d2t06 does not exist, this was merely a naming error and the show is complete as is.
- 2004-04-09 14:40:51
- Closed captioning
- Sony ECM-280> Sony TC-153SD ACM> R>DAT> CDR
- Goleta, CA
- Taped by
- Rob Bertrando
Subject: Ostensible Rarity Series
Since this show occurs the day after the renowned Swing show (one of the best shows of all time), and was before the March Winterland run, it gets overlooked, of course. Plus it doesn't really stack up to those, overall, but '77 fans will delight in this GOGD. It's only complete as an AUD, of which there is only one. The show, in the campus gym, was low-key and had only a couple thousand in attendance (it's just a 3500-seater). It's a short second set & show but sounds like a '77 for sure.
First Set. The first set isn't as consistent as you find on the Spring tour, and not at all like the previous night. Ramble is the peak, Scarlet is the fireworks (and like the set's own encore). Good Lovin' is a little off and Peggy-O is understated. Estimated is the second-ever and still in the early arrangement (and has the "I'll ascend on wings of flame" stanza). The end jam is just starting to gel.
"When the band finished Music Never Stopped, Jerry and Bob started to take off their guitars, and Phil came running over to Jerry holding up his finger, clearly indicating 'one more'. Jerry shrugged, re-strapped his guitar and fired up Scarlet Begonias." – Corry (via dead.net).
Second Set. Keith is hot this show, and though you might not hear him in the mix everywhere, when you do he shines. The set's quite short, at just over an hour (the first was 1: 25) – short and sweet. Samson has a careening second solo, with edge-of-seat appeal and excitement beyond technical perfection. A unique St. Stephen has power-chorded downbeats and almost goes somewhere else; another not-so-perfect one with odd, energy appeal. Not Fade is cohesive in spots, in others brilliant, but they're not interested in playing together here or during Drums. They were still breaking out Terrapin (it's the 2nd-ever), so it comes off identical to the previous night (i. e. as practiced). Morning Dew is likewise a straight read. Bobby and Donna are great on Sugar Mag but the rest are flagging and turn in a short show. But not before they muster for a solid JBG.
1st Set: C+
2nd Set: B-
Overall = 3¼ stars
Scarlet Begonias – different tasting jam & the last before being attached to Fire
Samson & Delilah – feeding from the Heads and pouring it back on top
St. Stephen – in it's '77 version, but a bit heavier
SOURCES: It's a great Bertrando AUD and I would argue that it's all you need. One dude stepped up to the plate – and taped a work of art. This is (apparently) one of the missing Betty Boards. The last three songs are all that's available from the SBD (144912_sbd_pc_miller), and have also been OFFicially released on Dave's 29. The bertrando_vernon_10378 has blips in Mississippi Half-Step and a posted but unlisted Minglewood. The current upgrade is the 145195_sony. This source does not have dropouts in Mississippi Half-Step, Drums is complete, it restores the Minglewood that went missing from the player and fixes Morning Dew. It has been EQd for highs and the channels are switched, but it has the best image and is the first complete source.
Subject: Next year's first DP (#29)
Subject: Rob Gym
Subject: Take you to the leader of the band..
My rating system is biased towards Soundboards.
Glad we have this and digging the in pit perspective.
"Men, gonna light my way"..
Somewhere round Rio Grande-show finally pulled me in.
If you have the time read the reviews
(I found them pretty helpful.)
Good 'Music' jam to set up 'Scarlet Begonias'!
Dig Donna's part in Begonia's
Great climax to set one..
2-Jerry gets some licks in on SAMSON
Stephen>NFA-(sounds better speakers over headphones)
-All my St. Stephen's were at the RTI
with Jeff Mattson and the Volunteers
Agree that TERRAPIN out of drums certainly ups the ante for only its second performance.
Subject: great audience!
Subject: Dead - 77 photos
Subject: tracking messed up
this is a great aud, and worth many a listen!
I was at both San Bernardino and this one and I prefer this show. The St. Stephen and the Morning Dew put it over the top for me.
Subject: Equal to Swing and Cornell
While all tapers had the best motives, only a few of them had the technical chops to capture the "big picture".
This is, bar none, in the top 5% of AUD tapes I have ever heard, and that's a BUNCH of tapes folks.
Don't let anything stop your downloading this gem!
The amazing, experiMENTAL, Scarlet - with Zappaesque and jazz explorations, the SECOND Terrapin ever (and damn near studio perfect) followed by an amazing Dew...
The more I listen the more I like the guitar on this show.
One comment stands out - "First, it's an AUD, so it can't be top." and goes on to compare this 34 year old AUD to a recent tape! Those of us who understand the vast difference between mics and decks in 1977 and now are just amazed by the quality, and "spread" of this amazing AUD. To get this kind of AUD in 1977 took real skill - and this is all we have in this case.
Are people rating shows, or recording equipment? Methinks there are some younger folks spoiled by incredibly good modern equipment - you just can't compare '77 gear and current gear, just not fair.
Have looked hard and don't think the SBD for this show survived to the present. Hopefully, it will surface in future, as many of the SBD tapes were stolen during the Betty Cantor housing debacle. Some of these have surfaced. Hopefully more will do so...
Subject: I don't always love 77 shows in general.
Subject: SBD Spoiled?
Oh, by the way, I like Donna.
Subject: "." Nonintuitive
Subject: Not in the Vault
Subject: missing shn. file...track 1 Minglewood Blues
Subject: Really fun to listen to
Set two starts off with a rockin' slower paced Samson that is wicked. The St. Stephen> NA is also quite good, with the NFA being the stronger of the two. The second performance of Terrapin is nice and then they dropped into a HUGE Morning Dew, the ending is outstanding.
A ragin' Sugar Magnolia, ending with a rousing SSDD seals the set and then you get a high octane JBG.
The audience recording is a blast to listen to as well.
Subject: Cali Sizzler
Excellent versions of Half-Step, Music, and St. Stephen, among others.
Subject: Finding the .Shn for Minglwood
Subject: Where's the file?
Subject: THANK YOU! THANK YOU!
Subject: Ah Yes
Subject: Some people...
Subject: A must have!
I would love to have a sound board of this... if anyone knows of a soundboard copy, please e-mail me! Swansong_79@hotmail.com
Long Live The Grateful Dead!
Subject: I Don't Get It.
Subject: top stuff
Subject: 2/27/77-Top 3 of "77
That being said how can people rate this one of the top, if not top show of 1977? First, it's an AUD. So it can't be top. The problem with AUD's are you don't all frequencies with the same intensity. Billy and Mickey seem like they are 30 yards away from the music. In addition it's quite hard to hear Keith and this was his best year as evidence to everything he played in May 1977.
The show may be a 4-5 star, but we will never know unless we get a SBD. This is a decent AUD, I have better ones in my iTunes and iPod. I've downloaded about 200 SBD and AUD's over the past year and this is above average, but not excellent.
By the way, for an example of a great AUD download the recent Fundraiser for Obama on this website, courtesy of Phil, Bobby, and Mickey. Now that is a brilliant AUD.
Subject: 5 star system
I give at least one star for each member of the band who showed up to play and/or sing. So five would have to be about the minimum. Mine goes up to eleven. 2/27/77 was right up there.
Subject: Great AUD
Subject: Preaching on the burning shore...
Subject: Post Review...Whatever that means...
Subject: Welcome to '77
Not even AUDS?
The times have changed.
Subject: Good start to a good year!
This is another excellent Bertrando audience recording that brings out the full wallop of the band while not losing the subtleties and venue ambiance. This is definitely worth the download.
Subject: Great show and good quality recording...
Subject: 2/26 & 2/27/77
We caravaned in two cars to Santa Barbara (both us had prevously attended UCSB)for the show on the 27th. I never thought that they could reach the heights of the 26th - but the energy level was unreal in Robertson Gym - what a wonderful show - what wonderful memories.
Subject: worth a careful listen...
To this day, the Robertson Gym show (2/27/77) stands out in my mind as the best of all shows I was lucky enough to hear in person. The discerning listener will notice that the previous night in San Berdoo is the #3 favorite download of all time, while #2 is the Barton Hall show at Cornell later that spring. So there was some serious mojo going on in 1977, as many have noted. While the Terrapin that opened the previous night was quite an extraordinary thing to behold, the rest of what followed hewed pretty closely to what we heard that night in Rob Gym. So why do I feel this show is so special?
The first point is that, in contrast to nearly all other concerts I ever attended, this show was possessed of a remarkable combination of controlled fury and brevity, not a single extraneous note all night. Often, the music in a dead show is like a car trying to leave the parking lot in a mall, backing in and out of spaces in hopes of finding egress. None of that here. Instead, Rob Gym featured an exquisite balance between the fixed structure of the song and improvisational tension contributed by the band. The individual performances were remarkable. Weir in particular was a man posessed, a veritable growling tiger: check out Minglewood, Sampson & Delilah, and Estimated. Donna is always a controversial element of the band's sound, here she hits all the notes spot on for a change. Jerry unwraps a new paint box of guitar tones for these 1977 shows- check out the Roy Buchanan-esque solo in Loser. Finally, the drumming in this show is incredible; Bill and Mickey are locked beautifully throughout, providing an incredible sense of propulsion that drives the band without a single let up. Finally, follow how the band beautifully manipulates the tempos and dynamics throughout.
As for individual songs, I will let the listener explore these: save one. The band closed the first set with one of the prettiest readings of Scarlet Begonias you will hear, including the version at Barton Hall played months later that others have raved about. It's instructive to compare the two versions. At Rob Gym, the song was a perfectly self contained little symphonic tone poem, with a beatiful jazzy cadenza that springs out from Donna's melisma, hitting several nice little peaks before closing strongly on the final chorus. In later shows, this song would develop the link into Fire on the Mountain. As nice as many of those renditions were, FOTM is anchored by a simple 2 chord progression that can be as much a trap as an element of musical liberation. In comparison to the Barton Hall performance of Scarlet, the tempo of the Rob Gym version of Scarlet is much crisper throughout, and stands on its own merits.
You will also notice that much of the structure and song selection of Rob Gym would show up in the Barton Hall set list and sequences. Thus, if you want to understand why the spring tour of 1977 represents one of the high points of the band's 30 year career, you must go back and sample pivotal 2/26 and 2/27 shows, where the experimental work to develop the musical program was done. Having never talked to anyone in the band personally, I can only guess that they studied those tapes carefully, and figured out how to capture lightning in a jar.
Subject: Pinch Me
Subject: What the f*ck??
Subject: Mighty nice
An interesting aspect is that unless people had been at the previous night's show, the audience would never had heard Terrapin Station before. The album wasn't released until several months later.
Subject: Great Aud
Subject: poor sound quality...
Subject: 77 what a way to start a year
*****4GREAT SOUND QUALITY
as far as aud recording... A++
Subject: a ripper
Subject: This is a 5
Subject: what a weekend
Subject: One of those hidden gems...
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